Our MSci Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences and combines underlying scientific principles and highly practical skills from the sport science disciplines. We combine principles from classic disciplines such as physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary disciplines such as strength and conditioning, sports coaching and performance analysis and nutrition to help you to holistically prepare for a career within the field of Sport and Exercise Science. So, if you have a keen interest in sport and want to learn about the science behind what makes an elite athlete – this MSci Sport & Exercise Science course is for you.
During the course you will be able to learn how to help high performance athletes perform to their potential. On the other hand, you will also be equipped with the skills to tackle current health challenges in society such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes by learning how the principles and interventions of physical activity and diet can lead to positive health outcomes.
Furthermore, in your final year you will focus in particular on the application of what it means to be a sport and exercise scientist within performance sport, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, and developing the skills to be able to successfully assimilate information provided from support members from all sub-disciplines to optimise athletic performance.
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UCAS CODE: C606
The programme is designed to provide you with in depth knowledge of all the key areas of sport and exercise science during the first 3 years. In the final year, many of the modules will include some blended learning – with the intention that you will spend some of this year applying your skills in professional practice by providing sport and exercise science support to athletes. Meaning you will gain both a master’s level qualification but also experience in work-based practice, which is crucial for the highly competitive nature of the industry.
Alongside their teaching requirements, our staff are also extremely active in research and professional practice. All sessions delivered on the course will come from our specialist lecturers, unlike some institutions where postgraduate students teach seminars and workshops instead. The sessions will be delivered in a number of formats including:
- practical sessions
- blended learning.
Programme assessments will also vary and consist of:
- written work
- presentations (poster and oral)
- portfolio assessments
- practical assessments.
During your degree, you will spend a considerable amount of time using the state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory which is fully kitted out with high performance physiological and biomechanical testing apparatus. Additionally, the university has a specialist Psychology Lab, with virtual reality systems, while our commercially run Sports Hall and Fitness Centre provides you with the ability to learn within a real working environment.
Furthermore, due to the active engagement of our staff within professional practice, the university works with a number of high-performance sport organisations to provide sport science support. Recently staff and students have provided services to:
- Watford FC
- Wycombe Wanderers
- Reading Ladies WSL and academy teams
- Amateur Swimming Association
- British Rowing
- GB para-athletes
- Community level sports clubs and athletes, and local schools.
During your course you will also gain the opportunity to sit CIMSPA accredited gym instructor and exercise referral qualifications embedded into the programme. Once qualified you will be able to use these qualifications to apply for jobs within gyms, leisure facilities and health clubs either part-time alongside the remainder of your studies or for full time roles following graduation.
Please note, no formal written exams are included within the programme, but exams may need to be sat for the optional additional professional qualification.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 112-136 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
- Introduction to Health Physiology
- Human Anatomy
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science
- Foundations of Biomechanics
- Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
Year 2 Modules
- Coaching and Athlete Development (optional)
- Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Sports Nutrition
- Applied Biomechanics
- Exercise Prescription & Instruction
- Performance Analysis in Sport
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
Year 3 Modules
- Contemporary Coaching Issues
- Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
- Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
- Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Exercise Referral
- Sports Science in Practice
- Clinical Biomechanics
- Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition
Year 4 Modules
- Research Project with Research Methods
- Contemporary Issues in Sports Performance
- Applied Sport Science Support
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks